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Does Mathematica run on HP-UX (Itanium) ?

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  • Subject: [mg64688] Does Mathematica run on HP-UX (Itanium) ?
  • From: "Dave (from the UK)" <see-my-signature at>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 00:18:37 -0500 (EST)
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According to the Wolfram site

Mathematica 5.2 runs on HP-UX with the PA-RISC processor.

But if you had an Itanium box (specifically zx2000) running HP-UX would 
it run? I'm led to believe HP-UX on 64-bit Itanium has a binary 
compatabiltiy layer which allows binaries for PA-RISC to run. See:

where it states:

"Additionally, moving to a new architecture usually creates numerous 
compatibility challenges and often forces customers to leave behind 
application software that they value. HP has addressed this issue nicely 
with HP-UX 11i v2 for Itanium processor-based systems, which offers near 
functional equality and binary compatibility to HP-UX 11i v1 for PA-RISC."

If anyone does run Mathematica on the HP-UX operating system on the 
Itanium processor, what is the performance like? I have no idea how much 
this binary compatability impacts performance. If the Itanium emulates 
all the PC-RISC instructions, I suspect it runs slower than on the older 
PA-RISC chip, despite the much higher peformance of Itanium.

I know Mathematica runs on Linux on Itanium, but that is not an option, 
for other reasons, so I am just interested if it runs on HP-UX with the 
Itanium processor

Dave K

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